Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What's Cooking?

Hello....is anyone still out there?  I'm becoming a very lazy blogger these days!  I've still been cooking up a storm and experimenting with new recipes, I just haven't taken the time to sit down at the computer and create a post!  Life keeps me busy sometimes all the time!  Even though I'm not bringing you a beautiful post with lots of pictures and new ideas, I thought I would share a few of the recipes I've been cooking up over the past few weeks.  I try to plan our weekly meal plan on Mondays.  That usually means I'm scouring the internet trying to find that one post I saw with the crispy stuffed eggrolls from a few months ago.  I should really start bookmarking these things! :)  Anyway, here's a few classics that we have tried.  I know you will love them!
Sour Cream Noodle Bake from Pioneer Woman
{Um...delicious!  It sounds quite weird and when you see the ingredients list, you may be a little skeptical.  Don't be, take my word for it...it's great!  (I sound a little like Tony the Tiger there)  It's even better the second and third day!}
Chicken and Black Bean Grean Enchilada Bake from Picky Palate
{Yum!  This has everything you need for a great southwestern dish.  I was a little hesitant to make an "enchilada bake" that did not include tortillas, but you won't even notice. The flavors have just enough kick and the rice adds a nice, appetite pleasing touch.  You will definitley have plenty for leftovers when you make this!}
Salsa Chicken and Ranch Florentine Tostadas from Picky Palate
{Another great winner from the Picky Palate (can you tell I love her style of cooking).  I should just pick 5 or 6 of her recipes every week and make them, but then that wouldn't be fair to the other wonderful blogs out there!  Gotta mix it up a little!  Thanks Jenny for creating such awesome recipes - she's coming out with a cookbook soon.  I can't wait to get my hands on that!  These are so simple, yet pack a lot of punch!  I love the spinach and chicken combo mixed with a little salsa.  I also love crisping up my corn tortillas until they have a nice crunch to them!  Declared a keeper in our house!  I've probably made this 4 or 5 times since I stumbled on the recipe a couple of months ago!}
Chicken Tostada Upside Down Bake from Picky Palate (Who Else?)
{Are you sensing a southwestern theme in my baking lately?  I am.  C liked this, I wasn't as much a fan of the cresent rolls on top.  Maybe I didn't cook it quite long enough to make it not soggy, but it wasn't my favorite.  Don't get my wrong, I loved the filling underneath, just not the top layer.  And that's probably my fault for being impatient and taking it out of the oven too soon.  Sometimes that happens when you are trying to get dinner on the table by 6:30 to feed the masses!}
Cheeseburger Macaroni from Kevin and Amanda
{This little number is amazing!  Don't be worried that it looks suspiciously like Hamburger Helper - it most definitely is not!  I would never serve Hamburger Helper to my family (no offense to it or anyone who like it, it's just not my style) and I told C when he took the leftovers to work that he had to inform people that it was not Hamburger Helper!  I think my favorite part of this dish is the cheesy sauce that you drizzle over the top of the meat and tomatoes.  It's so creamy and thick, I kind of wanted to just dip my finger in it and eat it (I didn't though, I was good).  And the addition of Rotel to the ground beef is fantastic.  I {heart} Rotel, it has to be one of the best inventions out there.  Mix it into anything and it livens it up!}
I have also been making Meatloaf Muffins and Mushroom Chicken a lot!  Those are my go to meals when I can't seem to fill a week up with delicious, nutricious, new recipes.  Mainly because I don't take the time to search through my cookbooks and bookmarked recipes! :)
So that's what's been cooking in my kitchen!  Up on the docket for this week, we have:
~Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole from PW
~Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole from Picky Palate
~Southwestern Eggrolls inspired by Kevin and Amanda's Crispy Southwestern Wontons (I couldn't find the smaller wonton wrappers at the grocery, so I'm resorting to egg roll size, I know they are still going to be fantastic)  I'm also thinking of whipping up some creamy guacamole to go with it, and maybe this creamy salsa too!
~Taco Soup that I have in the freezer
~Mushroom Chicken - I told you it's a staple here!
And just for fun, I might even make some of these treats {Salt River Bars}! Layers of crackers, caramel, and chocolate...yes please!

I'll let you know how the new recipes turn out!  We have loved everything we have every tried from all three of these bloggers, so I know we will not be disappointed.  Now that you know what we've been eating, what's on your menu planner this week?  I'm always looking for new recipes, if you have one you just love, let me know!  Happy Cooking!

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